Reading: Intro and chapter one of Cherokee Nation book.

1) Facilitation

2) Discuss results of the Midterm Reflection assignment.

The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears

How is the Trail of Tears an Indian tragedy and an American tragedy?

Historians Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green argue that "the period in which Indian removal occurred is one of many contradictions."(xiv) What limitations do they claim were placed on democracy in the early 19th century?

What meaning do those limitations have for the Cherokee people?

What factors shaped Americans' beliefs about race, democracy, modernity and justice in the 18th and 19th centuries? How did these beliefs impact the Cherokee people?

What does it mean to be civilized? How have our definitions of this concept changed over time? Have they?

How does reading a text like this relate to our triad theme, "Land of the Free?" How does this theme challenge how we examine and interpret the American past?


How does the Cherokee creation story relate to other religious groups creation stories? How does it help the reader to understand the Cherokee's ways of life? values?

How does Kamati and Selu's ability to survive in the world outside of their "paradise" (3)relate to the Cherokee people's dispossession to come in the 19th century?

How does the landscape help express Cherokee identity?

Describe Spanish and English colonization efforts. How did they differ in their dealings with Native Americans? In what ways were they similar? In respect to landholding; did either group respect Cherokee sovereignty?

Which side did the Cherokee support during the American Revolution? What reasons had they to support the side that they did?